Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

The children are taught using study units which are approximately 2-3 weeks in length.  Within the units, all areas of the curriculum - music, stories, creative movement, etc., are centered on a particular theme.  The curriculum also includes a celebration of all holidays such as, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,  Valentine's Day, etc.

Arts/Crafts
Art activities are presented daily.  A wide variety of materials are introduced to encourage creative artistic expression and to develop and improve fine motor skills.

Music/Creative Movement
Listening to music, creating music, and moving to music is an important part of our preschool curriculum.  All musical activities are designed and introduced daily as an enjoyable art form and a creative means of self-expression.

Language Arts
The curriculum includes a wide variety of creative storytelling activities.  Flannel board stories, chalkboard stories, Big Books and storytelling props are used daily.  Puppets and puppet shows are introduced and used  to stimulate conversation and to increase attention spans.  A variety of other language-based activities such as picture discussions and poetry are also used to develop confidence and enhance language development.

Science
Through hands-on experimentation, our science program capitalizes on the child's natural tendency to question and investigate.
Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Goals
Social/Emotional Developments
Accomplish successful separation
Develop a degree of independence and self-confidence
Develop the ability to express emotions appropriately
Learn to play and interact well with others
Develop the ability to share and take turns
Learn to recognize the needs and feelings of others
Improve the ability to make self-regulated choices and complete tasks
Develop the ability to make transitions and follow classroom routines
Develop self-control

Reading Readiness Skills
Identify colors, shapes, and sizes
Develop ability to match, classify,
  and sort according to common attributes
Recognize similarities and differences among pictures,
  shapes, and letters
Understand positional concepts
Understand the concept of opposites
Recognize and form letters of the alphabet
Identify rhymes in words and pictures
Identify letter sounds
Recognize first name in print

Mathematics Readiness Skills
Understand basic number concepts
Understand one-to-one correspondence
Count by rote to 30
Count objects and sets of objects through 10
Recognize numerals 0 to 20
Match quantity with symbol
Describe events using ordinal numbers - first, second, third

Language/Communication Skills
Develop ability to give and receive information
Learn to deliver a simple message
Develop the ability to speak in sentences and tell about past experiences
Develop the ability to communicate well with friends and teachers
Develop ability to follow and understand directions
Understand sequencing of events
Develop and increase attention span

Fine Motor/Perceptual Skills
Develop ability to work with manipulative materials
Develop ability to cut and to use drawing implements
Develop ability to follow directional paths
Develop ability to form pre-writing strokes
Develop ability to print some letters without a model
Develop ability to write first name in upper and lowercase letters

Gross Motor Skills
Develop ability to run, jump, hop, skip, balance, and climb
Develop ability to catch and throw
Improve body awareness
Develop an awareness of music, movement, and rhythm
Develop the ability to participate in some form of musical expression
Our Environment
Amazing Water
   Magnetism
Weather/Seasonal Change
  The Sun and Shadows
     Melting/Freezing
Living World of Plants
  Animal Life Cycles
   Food & Nutrition
Thematic cooking experiences are also introduced to develop science concepts such as measuring, weighing, and observing physical change.

Social Studies
The preschooler's world centers on himself, his home, and his school. Unit studies are introduced to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of people who culture and ethnic heritage is quite different.  Within this context, we also explore United States patriotism as we learn about past and present Presidents, our flag, and the White House.
January
Hibernations/Migration
  Arctic Animals

February
Good Nutrition
FriendshipCooperation
Feelings and Emotions

March
Spring/Seasonal Change

April
Birds and Nests
The Farm

May
A Celebration of the Arts -
  Art Masterpieces
Dinosaurs
September
Autumn/Seasonal Change
Johnny Appleseed Celebration

October
Community Helpers
Fall Harvest

November
Being Thankful
Native Americans

December
Holiday Traditions
Winter/Seasonal Change
Butterflies/Insects